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‘Rath­new Gaa 1885’ is the club’s one and only of­fi­cial Face­book page. Any other page with our name has noth­ing to do with our club is not run by any­one in our club.

Jer­seys and any other club gear are now on sale on the Rath­new shop on the O’Neill’s web­site or just fol­low the link on our Face­book page

We had no win­ner of the lotto jack­pot on July 29. Num­bers: 3, 4, 5, 10.

We had two match 3 Nigel Manley c/o Self, Karen Killeen c/o Ann Keogh.

At the time of writ­ing the jack­pot stands at €12,100. Get your tick­ets from Doyle’s, The Arches, The Vil­lage Inn, Rock­ies, Healy’s Mini Mar­ket, View hair & beauty, Malone’s, Dowl­ing’s Butch­ers and Cen­tra ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day evening. Thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ports our lotto.

Rath­new’s 2019 Kel­logg’s Cúl Camp will be tak­ing place on the week start­ing Au­gust 12.

It’s al­ways a bril­liant week for the kids so book early on kel­log­gscul­ or fol­low the link on our Face­book page.

The nurs­ery con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 11.15 and it’s for all kids aged 3 up­wards so feel free to bring your lit­tle ones up and give it a try.

The club is run­ning a draw for tick­ets to both the All Ire­land se­nior foot­ball and hurl­ing fi­nals. Tick­ets are €2 each or 3 for €5 and are avail­able from any com­mit­tee mem­ber and at Satur­day morn­ing coach­ing.

A mas­sive thanks to Roberta from the Hairy man bar­bers Wick­low Town on spon­sor­ing a new set of jer­seys for the un­der 13 team ans also to Josh McGet­ti­gan for spon­sor­ing new tops for the lads.

Well done to both the un­der-14 and 16 girls who had cham­pi­onship wins last week.

The un­der-14s beat Newtown 3-08 to 3-04 while the un­der-16s beat Val­ly­mount.

The un­der-12 had their first win in Divi­sion 1 beat­ing Balt­in­glass 3-04 to 0-04. Bril­liant stuff from all the girls on the three teams.

Good luck to the ladies team who take on Bless­ing­ton on Fri­day night in the cham­pi­onship at home with an 8pm throw in.

An­other bat­tling dis­play from the se­nior team on Satur­day evening beat­ing Tinahely 1-11 to 1-10 while play­ing once again with 14 play­ers for a long pe­riod of the match this time only the 50 min­utes but the lads still pulled through with Gary Byrnes thun­der­bolt goal the vi­tal score.

Next up is Hol­ly­wood on Sun­day 18th at 1pm.

The In­ter­me­di­ate team lost out to Carnew on Fri­day evening 3-06 to 1-08.

On an­other day this match could have gone our way but it wasn’t to be.

Next up in the cham­pi­onship is Kil­coole in New­cas­tle on Fri­day 16th.

The Ju­nior B team be­gin their cham­pi­onship cam­paign on Thursday away to Balt­in­glass at 8 pm.

The un­der-11 reds are away to Eire Og on Wednesday at 7pm while the greens are home to Bless­ing­ton at 7.15. The un­der 15s are down to play Balt­in­glass in Bal­li­nakill on Sun­day at 6 while the mi­nors are away to An Tochar on Mon­day at 7.15 with the un­der 13s play­ing St. Kevins at home in the cham­pi­onship at 7.30 also on Mon­day.

Well done to Eoin Doyle, Ross Quinn and the rest of the county un­der 16 team who de­feated Antrim on Satur­day in the Gerry Reilly shield semi fi­nal and now take on Laois in the fi­nal on Satur­day 17th.

Ev­ery­one in the club wishes Ross O’Brien the very best in what is hope­fully a speedy re­cov­ery from his nasty in­jury on Satur­day. Know­ing Ross in how he looks af­ter him­self and gives 100 per cent in every­thing he does he’ll no doubt be back in no time.


Our adult foot­ballers had a con­vinc­ing win over Lacken/Kil­bride last Satur­day in Balt­in­glass in the Ju­nior A Cham­pi­onship.

This was a wel­come re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter a heavy de­feat in the first round of this com­pe­ti­tion.

Great credit must go to all the play­ers and man­age­ment team who have put in a huge ef­fort since then to learn and im­prove from the first game and all their hard work was re­warded last Satur­day. Well done to all.

Many thanks to the Balt­in­glass club for pro­vid­ing us with an al­ter­na­tive set of jer­seys at short no­tice due to a clash of colours on the day, much ap­pre­ci­ated.


It has been a dif­fi­cult year for the In­ter­me­di­ate team so far.

Rel­e­ga­tion from the league and two heavy de­feats in the first two cham­pi­onship games.

So last Fri­day the match against Bal­ly­manus gave us a chance to get our sea­son go­ing.

The first half was close. Af­ter 20 min­utes we were just one point be­hind but Bal­ly­manus fin­ished off the first half well and went in 0-9 to 0-5 ahead.

We had the aid of a slight breeze In the sec­ond half but it didn’t help.

Bal­ly­manus dom­i­nated and even­tu­ally fin­ished up 1-15 to 0-9 win­ners.

This elim­i­nates us from the cham­pi­onship and now we have a big chal­lenge ahead.

If we win our last two games we can avoid the rel­e­ga­tion play-off.


Lotto – No win­ner of the €5000 lotto jack­pot on Tuesday, July 30. Num­bers drawn were: 1, 9, 13, and 25.

Nuala Booth­man was the sole win­ner of Match 3 and bagged her­self €300.

Next draw on Tuesday, Au­gust 13, for a jack­pot of €5,200. Get your tick­ets from lo­cal busi­nesses, play­ers and com­mit­tee mem­bers. €2 each.

Bingo - Next Bingo on Wednesday (to­day) at 8.15pm sharp in The Avon. Cost €10 in­cludes jack­pot and flyer sheets.

Se­niors – Well done to the se­niors who beat Éire Óg Grey­stones in round 3 in Aughrim on Sun­day on a score­line of Bless­ing­ton 2-13 to Eire Og 1-4.

Ju­nior A – The lads were well beaten in Round 2 by Val­ley­mount in Hol­ly­wood on Fri­day last. Fi­nal score: Bless­ing­ton 0-6, Val­ley­mount 2-18. Next up is a home match against Éire Óg Grey­stones at 6.45pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 17.

Ju­nior C – Ju­nior Cs start their cham­pi­onship cam­paign away to St Pat’s on Thursday at 7.30pm. Fol­low­ing that it’s a home game against Donard-The Glen on Thursday, Au­gust 15, at 7.30pm.

Physio - Up­stairs in the club­house this com­ing week on Wednesday at 7pm. Adults need­ing full physio ap­point­ments MUST go through Pat Mol­loy and Ju­ve­nile through Barry Cot­ter.

Ladies - Se­niors – At home to Balt­in­glass on Satur­day, Au­gust 10. TBC.

Ju­niors – Ju­nior ladies away to Rath­new on Fri­day at 7.30pm.

Gaelic 4 Moth­ers and Oth­ers - G4M team is look­ing for new mem­bers. If you fancy try­ing some­thing new and meet­ing some new peo­ple, please come along and try it out.

Un­der-14s – Un­der-14 Girls ‘A’ Cham­pi­onship: Bless­ing­ton 5-28, Bray 2-2.

Well done to the un­der-14 girls’ blue squad who kick­started their cham­pi­onship on Tuesday, July 30, with a con­vinc­ing win at home to Bray.

The girls got off to an ex­cel­lent start with an ex­cep­tional sec­ond half dis­play of foot­ball.

Who’d have thought our POTM just spent a month away from the pitches with the shift put in - su­per game Ais­ling Brennan. Well done girls.

Un­der-12s – An­other great win for our un­der-12s White team against a strong and de­ter­mined Kil­coole in a great game.

From the start the girls bat­tled hard and never gave up from back line lead by cap­tain Aoib­hinn Daly through to front.

So hard to pick POTM but it goes to the un­stop­pable Han­nah Cun­ning­ham & Alanah McNulty. Score 1-7 v 0-4.

Thanks for all the sup­port on the side­lines. Next up Blue team against Balt­in­glass away on Tuesday, Au­gust 6, at 7.30pm. No white train­ing on Tuesday. Un­der-12 girls at home v St Lawrences on Thursday, Au­gust 8, at 7.15pm. Ju­ve­niles

Le­in­ster Blitz – Date for the diary. Bless­ing­ton GAA will host our an­nual boys’ blitz for un­der-8, 9, 10, and 11s on Sun­day, Septem­ber 8, with 32 teams tak­ing part from all over Le­in­ster.

Rounders - Bless­ing­ton GAA are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of start­ing Rounders teams for ju­ve­nile ages (boys & girls).

It’s an of­fi­cial GAA sport and even has own Féile. If any par­ent is in­ter­ested in train­ing and at­tend­ing coach­ing, please contact Kevin Gil­more on 0872324197.

Wick­low Un­der-16s - Wick­low GAA’s un­der-16 foot­ballers recorded their third vic­tory on the bounce overcoming Antrim in the semi-fi­nal of the Gerry Reilly Shield in Ab­bot­stown.

They now ad­vance to play Laois in the Shield fi­nal which will be played on Satur­day, Au­gust 17. Wick­low 4-17, Antrim 3-7. Well done to Daniel Cooney, Luke O’Brien and Jack Sar­gent.

Un­der-15s - Un­der-15s at home to Bray on Wednesday (to­day) at 7.15pm in the sec­ond round of the cham­pi­onship.

Wick­low GAA County Un­der-14 De­vel­op­ment Foot­ball Squad Update - Squad of ap­prox­i­mately 49 play­ers from 19 clubs rep­re­sented in­clud­ing Bless­ing­ton. The lads from the club are: Brian Richard­son, Finn Be­han, Dy­lan Friel and Sean El­lis.

They started off in Fe­bru­ary with a block of strength and conditioni­ng (S&C) for six weeks.

Field ses­sions fol­lowed this to pre­pare for Le­in­ster games. The group have played in four Le­in­ster tour­na­ments so far with one still to play mid-Au­gust.

Un­der-12s – Un­der-12s at home against St Kevins at 8pm on Wednesday (to­day).

Un­der-11s – Un­der-11 Blue at home against Bray Emmets Blue at 7.15pm on Wednesday (to­day).

The un­der-11 boys White away against Rath­new Green on Wednesday at 7.15pm.

Un­der-9s – Un­der-9 boys at home against Eadeestown on Fri­day, Au­gust 9, at 7.15pm.

Academy – Bless­ing­ton GAA Academy will re­turn on Satur­day, Au­gust 10, at 10am. Hurl­ing Un­der-7/Un­der-9s – Go Games at Knockanann­a on Fri­day at 6.45pm.

Con­do­lences – Sin­cere sym­pa­thy to Jane Siney and fam­ily on the sad pass­ing of her Dad Jack (John) Downey (30/7/19), to Kevin Hamil­ton and fam­ily on the sad pass­ing of his Dad Pa­trick (Paddy) Hamil­ton (31/7/19), to Mary Carroll on the pass­ing of her Dad Christy Arch­bold (1/8/19) to An­thony Mur­phy and fam­ily on the sad pass­ing of his Mam Kath­leen (Kitty) Mur­phy (3/8/19). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’ana­macha.

Wick­low GAA Clas­sic Golf Day – Will take place on Au­gust 30 in Blain­roe Golf Club. Sup­port ap­pre­ci­ated.

Cloth­ing Col­lec­tion on­go­ing - col­lect­ing good qual­ity sec­ond-hand cloth­ing suitable for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we col­lect, the more our club re­ceives. If you are un­able to bring them to the GAA grounds, we can ar­range col­lec­tion.

Please contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Bro­phy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your sup­port.

Re­mem­ber to keep up­dated on what is hap­pen­ing in the Club log on to Bless­ing­ton GAA on Face­book and on Twit­ter @bless­ing­ton­gaa.

If you wish to be on the Bless­ing­ton GAA Sup­port­ers Whats App please text your name to 087 2858375.


The next Hol­ly­wood GAA Club Lotto will be held this com­ing Wednesday 7th Au­gust in Tutty’s Bar for a whop­ping jack­pot of €11,000.Tick­ets on sale at hol­ly­ and from the usual lo­cal out­lets.

Thanks for your con­tin­ued sup­port and good luck.

Hol­ly­wood’s Cian Tyrrell bat­tles for posses­sion against AGB’s Philip Glee­son dur­ing the SFC game in Aughrim.

Wick­low County Chair­man Martin Fitzger­ald changes the score­board be­tween games in Aughrim.

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